Hello my fellow pinsiders, it’s been a while but I’m still here\lurking and of course playing my pins.
Reason for this thread is sort of an update from a previous thread I started over 3 years ago regarding my Funhouse Sample machine but I wanted to create a new one with a better title to help others if they run into a similar situation, see here for my initial thread: (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/a-couple-of-funhouse-sample-machine-specific-questions).
My first pin that I got was my grail, a Funhouse, but after purchasing I found out it was a Sample machine which is great being rarer but not so great in terms of the gameplay was a lot different in terms of rules, sounds, awards and some modes from the production machines that were in arcades. I came to realize that Sample machines used their own specific roms (earlier than the first production rom) and one of my favorite awards\callouts “The Sausage Bonus” was not present. So I reached out and researched if there was anything I could do and some said you can use production roms but couldn’t confirm 100% which ones and some said you could but not everything would work (sounds, etc.) and some said you couldn’t mix the production roms with a sample machine due to the sample machine uses a different audio board (Sys11), so my only option without modifying my machine was to see if someone wanted to trade, which I really didn’t want to at the time, so I just let it go and moved on.
Well 3 years later and I started up again and thought maybe I could just add the updated WPC audio board and it would be a simple swap, but from what I could find online, it seems the Sys 11 audio board uses different voltages than the WPC audio boards that were in production machines so that was a no go without doing a lot of modifictations which is another thing that I did not want to do. Another option was possibly a Pinsound board but that was another beast entirely and I didn’t want to mess with all that, fearing I would really mess up something. So I once again started searching online and found a promising thread where someone said that sample machines CAN use production roms but could only go up to an L-5 (there are 2 versions that are more current, L-9 and L9.05H). I started to get excited as that meant by using an L-5, there were 3 earlier roms before this L-5 so surely my Sausage Bonus would work, yeah I know I got issues. Anyway I figured it wouldn’t hurt to just try it as I already confirmed if I installed a non-compatible rom that it wouldn’t mess up anything and I could just easily re-install my sample rom and revert back to my original setup. So I placed an order for the L-5 and the LA-4 (just in case the L-5 didn’t work) with a company that sells roms and put a note on the order these were for my sample Funhouse. After placing the order they immediately messaged me saying that these roms would not work and asked if I wanted to cancel my order. I thought, oh well, I guess they don’t actually work and that info from the thread wasn’t accurate but then something inside me said, what’s the harm and it’s not that much money so I confirmed that I did want to proceed with the order and that brings me to today....
IT WORKS!!!!!!! I installed the L-5, turned it on and figured if it booted, I would just try to manually get the Sausage Bonus. So it booted and I proceeded with the test manually triggering the Rudy hits, got up to 7 and then after the 8th, he did it, he said...”You Big SSSSausage” and it did the same booming sound effects and awarded me the million points....I was ECSTATIC, finally my machine plays like the one I grew up playing for hours on end in the mall Arcade.
So far I’ve noticed the following gameplay differences below:
-Frenzy is entirely different, the sound effects and even the music, it pops more and a more extravagant light show and the Super Frenzy is even better.
-Gangway lanes now light up if your ball goes through one that isn’t lit, previously the only way to light them was from the in-lanes.
-Quick Multi-Ball is a little different, the sound effects and music are better
-I can now setup a Custom Message, before it was in the test menu but would not go into Edit mode when selecting.
The only other thing that I haven’t yet tried that I think is different is the Hidden Hallway Multi-Ball. It is when you start the Midnight Multi-Ball and don’t even score one jackpot and you lose 2 of your 3 balls, it gives you 20 seconds to make the Hidden Hallway shot.
Apologies for the lengthy post but I just wanted to document my journey and while I know there are not a lot of sample machines out there, hopefullly this might help someone who gets one and wants to know if they too can obtain a Sausage Bonus . I can finally have closure with this and just continue to enjoy this amazing game.
Take care everyone.